The lectures are held on 4 Sunday evenings in September, and we decided this year to invite speakers from different religious traditions to speak on the theme, ‘The joys and challenges of being a (Christian/ Jew/ Buddhist/ Muslim) today’. The need to share and understand different faiths within our country and world today has rarely been more important. Bring a friend!
Where? Braid Hall, Morningside Parish Church (enter through the glass doors facing on to Braid Road).
When? Sundays at 7 pm. Refreshments are served from 6.30 pm in the St Matthew Hall.
Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.
Sunday 3 September: Roman Catholicism. Dr. Mary Cullen, former officeholder in SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund), and editor of the Scottish ecumenical monthly Open House.
She has recently completed a Ph. D. in ‘Receptive Ecumenism’.
Dr Mary Cullen, with Jennifer Stark, Associate at Morningside Parish Church, after her lecture on 3 September which opened the series.
Sunday 10 September: Judaism. Rabbi Mark Solomon, lecturer at Leo Baeck College in London, honorary Jewish chaplain at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Chair of the London Society of Jews and Christians.
Rabbi Mark Solomon, with Revd. John Stevenson of Greenbank Church.
Sunday 17 September: Buddhism. Bryan Webb, a practising Buddhist in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn. Bryan leads courses in mindfulness, and on meditation for Christians and Buddhists together. He rightly sees a lot of mysticism in Jesus as well as in the Buddhist traditions.
Sunday 24 September: Islam. Professor Carole Hillenbrand, Professorial Fellow in Islamic History, University of St Andrews, and the first non-Muslim recipient of the King Faisal Prize in Islamic Studies.